While most famous as the vocalist and lead guitarist for the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia also had a long and successful solo career. Three decades after his critically acclaimed debut, Rhino is releasing ALL GOOD THINGS: JERRY GARCIA STUDIO SESSIONS, a boxed set retrospective that includes Garcia, Garcia (Compliments), Reflections, Cats Under The Stars, and Run For The Roses. For the first time in 30 years, each of these albums has been remastered and expanded with rarities and unreleased material. This comprehensive collection also includes Outtakes, Jams & Alternates, a bonus disc of even more previously unreleased recordings (all told, the box includes more than four hours of previously unavailable music), as well as new artwork, rare photos, and extensive liner notes.

The six-CD ALL GOOD THINGS: JERRY GARCIA STUDIO SESSIONS will be available April 20 at all retail outlets and at and for a suggested list price of $74.98.

By Robert Altman
The legendary guitarist truly went solo with 1972's Garcia, handling the vocals as well as acoustic guitar, electric guitar, pedal steel guitar, bass, piano and organ duties. The album was co-written by Grateful Dead percussionist Bill Kreutzmann (who plays drums on the record) and longtime Grateful Dead/Garcia lyricist Robert Hunter. The remastered edition of Garcia features the album's original ten songs plus eight bonus tracks, including alternate takes of "Sugaree" and "Loser."

For 1974's Garcia (Compliments), Jerry surrounded himself with top studio musicians and covered songs such as The Rolling Stones' "Let's Spend The Night Together," Van Morrison's "He Ain't Give You None" and the Irving Berlin standard "Russian Lullaby." The remastered edition has ten extra cuts, including a rendition of the Motown classic "(I'm A) Road Runner" and Jimmy Reed's "I Know It's A Sin."

Though a Garcia album, 1976's Reflections features several tracks recorded by the Grateful Dead during the 1975 Blues For Allah sessions, as well as covers of Hank Ballard's "Tore Up Over You" and Allen Toussaint's "I'll Take A Melody." The reissue adds five previously unreleased outtakes from the original sessions, including a cover of Hank Williams' "You Win Again."

The first album released by the Jerry Garcia Band, 1978's Cats Under The Stars differed from its two predecessors by showcasing all-original material. Up-tempo rockers, gospel interludes and a stunning duet with vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux on "Palm Sunday" make this one a favorite among Garcia fans. The remastered edition includes an alternate take of that track, along with six other bonus cuts.

The 1982 album Run For The Roses was the final solo studio release from Jerry Garcia and includes stunning covers of The Beatles' classic "I Saw Her Standing There" and Bob Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door." Two more Dylan covers ("Simple Twist of Fate," and "Tangled Up In Blue") appear as bonus tracks on the reissue, along with a rendition of another Beatles tune, "Dear Prudence."

Outtakes, Jams & Alternates features 12 previously unreleased tracks, among them alternate versions of "Let's Spend The Night Together" and "Deal," along with a studio jam rendition of The Dixie Cups' "Iko Iko" and a cover of Warren Zevon's "Accidentally Like A Martyr."

Born August 1, 1942, in San Francisco, CA, Garcia began playing guitar at age 15. In the early '60s, Garcia, guitarist Bob Weir and keyboardist Ron "Pigpen" McKernan formed bluegrass and folk band Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions. In '65, they became the Warlocks, adding Phil Lesh on bass and Bill Kreutzmann on drums. The group renamed itself the Grateful Dead, and over the course of the three decades that followed, recorded more than 20 albums, developed a faithful tie-dyed following affectionately known as Deadheads, and grew into the largest concert tour attraction in history. The Grateful Dead ended with the untimely passing of Garcia on August 9, 1995.

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